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in for tamron hall. the nation is following the backlash to president obama's plan b. for immigration reform. first reported by "usa today," the white house calls for an eight-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the u.s. the leap prompted scathing reaction from senators inside the immigration 8. marco rubio warned if proposed, the president's bill would be dead an arrival in congress. and arizona senator, john mccain, who suggested the white house has a greater strategy at play. >> leaks don't happen in washington by accident. does the president really want a result or does he want anoth another -- to beat up republicans? >> the president's new chief of staff is defending this back-up plan saying the administration is only doing what it promised to do from the very beginning. >> we're doing exactly what the president said we would do last month in las vegas, which is we're preparing, we're going to be ready. let's make sure it doesn't have to be proposed. let's make sure that that group up there, the gang of eight, makes a good progress on these efforts,
obama's name is attached to it, and it doesn't have the -- the white house nudges, so to speak. but because this comes strictly from the president, is that why people are rekoilg from it? >> without a doubt. the process, very protective of the process, legislative process. and i think the republicans want to make sure that at the end of the day, that it was something that they were actively involved. they crafted the piece of legislation. and they don't want to be seen this is something the president forced upon them. there is a lot of republicans that i've talked to that are willing to do something that they don't want to come up with a plan and say this is president obama's plan. and they supported it. it has to come, originate from -- both from the senate and house. and that's why it's so protected. they're very protective of the process. and i can understand them. i'm actually one of those democrats that, you know -- i want to thank the president for being a leader on immigration reform. but this is something that he can back up, let the process work, let us work something
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